Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Monique Bucheger & Simply West of Heaven

Posted October 13, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, children, contemporary, giveaway, Monique Bucheger / 13 Comments

Simply West of Heaven Blog TourWelcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Please join me in welcoming Monique to the blog to chat about her book!

Simply West of HeavenTitle: Simply West of Heaven
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #3
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date:

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction

Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name.

Ginnie is counting on her future sister’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. The girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers.

Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish.


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Hi Monique! Welcome back to the blog!

Monique: Netflix—though I love the Hallmark channel. I don’t really watch much of anything. When I do—I love Christmas Movies and the type of movies that play on Hallmark channel –but I don’t have cable.

Carrie: We dropped cable a long time ago, too, but I made sure to find a streaming service that included the Hallmark mysteries channel lol

Monique: Neither—Dr. Pepper all the way

Carrie: fair enough 🙂

Monique: Sandwich—I love sub sandwiches with meat and cheese. I’m not a fan of most vegetables on a sandwich.

Carrie: I agree – veggies don’t belong on a sandwich!

Monique: Card games—I enjoy both—but my family tends to gravitate to card games more quickly. 

Carrie: we love both too

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Monique: Writing books people of all ages enjoy.

Carrie: that’s a good superpower to have!

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood? 

Monique: At first it was Laura Ingalls Wilder, then Beverly Cleary’s Ramona (who inspired my character Ginnie West), and then Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia.

Carrie: I adore Ramona!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Monique: On my bed.

Carrie: my fave place to read!

Q: What surprised you about Simply West of Heaven or your characters as you wrote their story?

Monique: I once attended a writing workshop with David Farland (AKA the Wizard of Storytelling). He suggested that sometimes he interviews his characters and asks them why they want to be in his book and suggested we interview one of our characters.

I interviewed Ginnie and told her she would have her own horse, has a twin brother, a great BFF, would live on a farm and such—she was excited at first, but at the end of the interview told me that SHE would get back to ME about whether she wanted to be in my book or not. UMMM?!?!?!?

On a side note—this interview happened while writing: Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure (this book) so it worked out—but that’s how Ginnie is. 🙂

Carrie: haha she sounds like a handful! 🙂

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Simply West of Heaven?

Monique: One theme I have in all of my books is that things are not always what they seem. For most experiences involving more than one person—quite often there is each person’s view and then there is the whole truth.

What you look for (and sometimes what you dwell on) is only what you see. And while there is truth in that perception—sometimes there is a bigger truth that needs to be considered and acknowledged. Life is seldom completely black or white.

Carrie: very true!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Monique: I am working on the 5th book in the Ginnie West series and the first book in my family drama series.  Here is a quick blurb:

When his parents return from their second honeymoon in mahogany caskets, nineteen year-old Cale Ryder inherits his three teenage brothers, his kid sister, Brandi, as well as their family ranch. Fast-tracked to fatherhood, Cale doesn’t have time for a lot of nonsense and quickly lets everyone know there’s only room for one alpha dog in the fight to keep the family together. Cale tries not to wonder what life would be like if he could do what he wanted, instead of what everyone else needs.

Thank you for hosting my book, Simply West of Heaven on your blog. 🙂

Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends.

She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works on her website.

CONNECT WITH MONIQUE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Simply West of Heaven JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card OR winner’s choice of Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Apple, or Kobo!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 12, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on October 19, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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13 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Monique Bucheger & Simply West of Heaven

  1. James Robert

    Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

  2. Monique Bucheger

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I want to thank Carrie especially for hosting Simply West of Heaven on her blog. I hope You guys will be willing to at least check out the book. It has my four best twists in it. It was fun to write. 😊 Thanks again. 😊

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